Drought Monitor Map Stays Steady

The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday was very similar to last week and keeps virtually all of our listening area and most of Missouri out of drought and pre-drought conditions.

In Missouri, only 1.5 percent of territory is considered to be in pre-drought conditions. That is an area that includes parts of 4 counties in southeast Missouri.

Most of the Iowa territory in our listening area are also in no drought or pre-drought conditions. Iowa still has 27 percent of territory in serious drought conditions. Most of that territory is in the north central part of the state. The rest of the northern two-thirds of the state is considered to be in moderate drought conditions. Iowa’s map is also very similar to last week’s map.

The extended weather forecast is calling for above average temperatures and below normal precipitation for at least the next 8 to 14 days.